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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The Grandstand Julep and the Derby: Whisk(e)y Wednesday presented by Lock & Key

The Grandstand Julep
The Grandstand Julep
As the 141st annual Kentucky Derby approaches this Saturday, the Wild Turkey family is excited to transport everybody to one of their favorite events of the year. Whether at Churchill Downs or in your living room, Master Distillers Jimmy and Eddie Russell encourage you to enjoy the most exciting two minutes in sports with the most classic of Kentucky Bourbon cocktails – the Mint Julep.

This take on the Julep was inspired by the daring fashion of the Kentucky Derby and will deliver an unexpected twist to your guests when hosting a Derby party. With the use of bright flavors like grapefruit and lemon and a little Cynar®, an artichoke liqueur, Wild Turkey has taken this classic drink to a whole new level.

Bourbon is a personal passion at Wild Turkey. They have the only pair of father and son Master Distillers in Kentucky who bring their combined 95 years of experience at the distillery to every aspect of crafting our whiskey. Also, they use only the deepest char no. 4 barrels that achieves a depth of flavor rich with vanilla and caramel, with notes of honey, brown sugar, and a hint of tobacco.

The recipe for this refreshing Bourbon-forward drink calls for our premium Wild Turkey® 101 Bourbon, fresh fruit juice, lots of fresh mint from the garden and a little bit of time to sit down, sip up and enjoy.

Grandstand Julep

1 ½ oz. Cynar®
¾ oz. Wild Turkey 101® Bourbon
½ oz. Simple Syrup
½ oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
½ oz. Fresh Grapefruit Juice
12 Mint Leaves
2 oz. Soda Water
2 Dashes Fee Brother’s Grapefruit Bitters

In a Julep cup or rocks glass add mint and all ingredients except soda water and bitters. Gently muddle, add ice then soda and top with bitters.